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Is That a Turtle in Your Pants Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Justin Hoffman

An Ontario man has been fined for smuggling 38 turtles in his pants. Crime never pays – but it can provide a pretty good punch line!

Like a punch line to a bad joke, a Windsor, Ontario man was convicted earlier this month for illegally importing reptiles into Canada. His brilliant plan – tape 38 turtles contained in plastic bags to his legs and hide them under his pants.

Dong Yan was caught during an inspection on June 11, 2014 at the Niagara Border crossing. He has been fined $3,500 and placed on two years probation. He is also prohibited from owning or possessing turtles or tortoises for 10 years and must complete 50 hours of community service.

A variety of turtles were uncovered during the investigation, including ringed map turtles, diamondback terrapins, three-toed box turtles, spotted turtles and red-eared sliders.

Smuggling turtles can be a lucrative business, as many species are highly sought after in the pet and food business. More so if they are threatened or endangered.

One thing is for sure, the last laugh was on Dong when his smuggling tactic was uncovered.

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Is That a Turtle in Your Pants Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?